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Driving license and medical examination for health reasons

Verified 04 août 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

You're taking the license

If you pass the permit and have a health problem, you must pass a medical examination.

You must undergo a medical examination in the following cases:

  Please note : if you do not have a medical examination and you are responsible for an accident related to a pathology incompatible with driving, you are not covered by your insurance.

You must contact a city doctor approved by the prefect of your department.

This doctor must not be your attending physician.

You can consult the list of accredited doctors on the websites of the prefectures.

The list of approved doctors is also available in prefectures, sub-prefectures and in the town halls of certain communes.

  FYI : you can take the medical check-up with a registered doctor in a department other than your home. In this case, it is more prudent to attach to your file an explanation of the use of another doctor than that of your home department.

Who shall I contact

You must pre-fill and download the cerfa form n°14880.

Driver's license - Medical opinion

Cerfa n° 14880*02 - Ministry of the Interior

The form is also available in prefecture.

For the day of the medical visit, prepare an original identification and any documents that you think are useful for your health.

The doctor must check your fitness, cognitive and sensory driving.

The doctor may prescribe additional examinations and seek the advice of qualified health professionals in specific fields.

If the doctor prescribes a psychotechnical examination, you must do so at a psychologist who has been declared to the prefect. The list of registered psychologists is available on prefectural websites.

The doctor may also ask that you be examined before the departmental medical commission. You must then make an appointment with the commission of your department, on the website of your prefecture.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

For the LES in Paris, we invite you to consult the police prefecture website , taking into account the specificities of the Parisian organization.

The medical check-up costs €36..

Health insurance does not cover the costs of a medical examination or any additional examinations.

However, medical check-ups are free of charge for a disabled person with a recognized disability rate of 50 % or more.

If the opinion is favorable

The doctor gives you the original of medical opinion..

Keep this document that will be needed to apply for a driver's license online on the websiteCHILDREN..

You can sign up for the driver's license exam.

The medical opinion is valid for 2 years.

In case of hazardous or harmful consumption of alcohol, the medical opinion may advise limiting the validity of the permit. The permit may also be limited to driving a vehicle equipped with an anti-start alcohol test (EAD) device.

  Please note : the prefect is not obliged to follow the medical opinion and may object to your registration for the examination of the driving license.

If the opinion is unfavorable

The doctor gives you the original of medical opinion..

The prefect informs you by mail that you cannot attend the examination.

He invites your comments.

At the end of the deadline for receiving your comments, the Prefect will notify his decision by letter (temporary capacity, ability with restrictions, incompetence).

The letter specifies the remedies and time limits for appeal.

You can appeal against an unfavorable decision to the Medical Appeals Board.

However, you must respect the prefect's decision even if you appeal.

The commission shall examine you, consult the authorized doctor if necessary and transmit its opinion to the prefect.

If the prefect makes an unfavorable decision again, you can request a new medical check-up within 6 months of that decision.

You can also make a appeal to the administrative judge..

You already have a license

If you have a health problem that can compromise road safety, you must pass a medical examination. This procedure is also mandatory in order to obtain a right to drive. For example, a suitable gearbox or an automatic clutch.

You must undergo a medical examination in the following cases:

  Please note : if you do not have a medical examination and you are responsible for an accident related to a pathology incompatible with driving, you are not covered by your insurance.

You must contact a city doctor approved by the prefect of your department.

This doctor must not be your attending physician.

You can consult the list of accredited doctors on the websites of the prefectures.

The list of approved doctors is also available in prefectures, sub-prefectures and in the town halls of certain communes.

  FYI : you can take the medical check-up with a registered doctor in a department other than your home. In this case, it is more prudent to attach to your file an explanation of the use of another doctor than that of your home department.

Who shall I contact

You must pre-fill and download the cerfa form n°14880.

Driver's license - Medical opinion

Cerfa n° 14880*02 - Ministry of the Interior

The form is also available in prefecture.

For the day of the medical visit, prepare your driver's license and an ID (original) and documents that seem useful on your health.

The doctor must check your fitness, cognitive and sensory driving.

The doctor may prescribe additional examinations and seek the advice of qualified health professionals in specific fields.

If the doctor prescribes a psychotechnical examination, you must do so at a psychologist who has been declared to the prefect. The list of registered psychologists is available on prefectural websites.

The doctor may also ask that you be examined before the departmental medical commission. You must then make an appointment with the commission of your department, on the website of your prefecture.

General case

Who shall I contact

In Paris

For the LES in Paris, we invite you to consult the police prefecture website , taking into account the specificities of the Parisian organization.

The medical check-up costs €36..

Health insurance does not cover the costs of a medical examination or any additional examinations.

However, medical check-ups are free of charge for a disabled person with a recognized disability rate of 50 % or more.

If the opinion is favorable

The doctor gives you the original of medical opinion..

The favorable medical opinion does not allow you to drive until the prefect has made a decision, unless your license is still valid at the time of the medical examination.

In case of hazardous or harmful consumption of alcohol, the medical opinion may advise limiting the validity of the permit. The permit may also be limited to driving a vehicle equipped with an anti-start alcohol test (EAD) device.

If checked by the police, present your driving license with your copy of the medical opinion.

The medical opinion is valid for 2 years.

The application for renewal of the license is made online on the website of theCHILDREN..

You must attach the scanned version of doctor's opinion other documents requested.

Online application for a driving license in case of termination of validity

National Secured Securities Agency (NSA)

Accessible with your identifiers.

  Please note : the prefect does not have to follow the medical advice. He can make an unfavorable decision.

If the opinion is unfavorable

The doctor gives you the original of medical opinion..

The prefect asks you by mail to return your driving license and invites you to submit your observations.

At the end of the deadline for receiving your comments, the Prefect will notify its decision by letter: temporary aptitude decision or decision of aptitude with restrictions or decision of incapacity.

The letter specifies the remedies and time limits for appeal.

You can appeal against an unfavorable decision to the Medical Appeals Board.

However, you must respect the prefect's decision even if you appeal.

The commission shall examine you, consult the authorized doctor if necessary and transmit its opinion to the prefect.

If the prefect makes an unfavorable decision again, you can request a new medical check-up within 6 months of that decision.

You can also make a appeal to the administrative judge..